My reflection…

July 25, 2007

We will miss you,Mr.Kalam!

Filed under: general — Deepti @ 9:28 am

“I will leave the Rashtrapati bhavan with only two suitcases.”.These were the words of the retiring first person of India after his successful completion of his tenure serving India.Mr.Kalam is an embodiment of simplicity,modesty and honesty.Behind that simple person is an intellectual who dreamt what many of us dream–of making India a pioneer in the field of science.But what distinguishes him from most of us is that he nurtured his dream and made a very significant contribution to Indian Space Research.His contributions were well recognised all around the world and he was conferred by some of the most prestigious civilian honours like Padma Bhushan,PadhmaVibhushan and Bharat Ratna.

The first time I got to know about life of Mr.Kalam was by reading his book WINGS OF FIRE.My first impression on that book was it must be some really boring autobiography.But once started reading it,I finished reading it in four hours and was so immensely inspired by his book that I consider it the best of all the autobiographies I have read so far.In his book and in his real life,the only thing that he has stressed upon was to inspire millions of children to dream of making India a developed nation by 2020. Even with such a busy schedule,he always ensured that he found some time for children.

Although I am very much looking forward to see the first woman president for our country,I am little apprehensive about the two people who contested for the post–Pratibha Patil and Shekhawat.During the recent campaign,the way the two parties criticized each other was shocking.One person while campaigning was bringing into light the controversies about the other.Pratibha Patil was alleged to have used her influence for shielding her brother in a murder case.Her name is also associated with the Pratibha Women Cooperative bank which was alleged for financial irregularities and a handful of other scams.Can any of our future presidents match the perfect blend of mind and heart which Mr.Kalam had??Lets just wish Mr.Kalam a well deserved retired life and hope that our new president leads India towards progress.



  1. Yup Kalam was a great president and we will miss his him for sure … but he being replaced by Prathiba Patil who is rumored to have powers to talk to ghosts and god is hilarious .. A scientist being replaced by a tantrik … this can happen only in India . And you are right this presidential election was the worst ever so much politics god help this nation .

    Comment by Maruti Borker — July 25, 2007 @ 9:34 am

  2. Kalam is simply amazing [:D]…. its ridiculous to see that Indians don’t need his services as a president and making an undeserved candidate the “FIRST PERSON” of our country .. we should be ashamed of it ….

    well coming to “vision 2020” out IIIT has a major role to play in it … i hope u know it … 100 Ph.D’s per year(from our college itself) which seems like mad man’s desire …..
    Keep Blogging!![:)]

    Comment by phani chaitanya — July 25, 2007 @ 9:45 am

  3. Mr.Kalam is the only politician for whom i have always had great respect.His striking good deeds always created a sensation.We, the Indians owe him a standing ovation for all his outstanding efforts.

    Comment by Navatha — July 25, 2007 @ 10:28 am

  4. Though I consider myself a feminist I cannot see Pratibha Patil as someone who can fill Mr.Kalam’s shoes.Anyways she will end up being a puppet in the UPA’s hand.Mr.Kalam’s charisma is irreplacable.Nice topic and nice post.Keep blogging!!

    Comment by Namrata — July 25, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

  5. Nice post Kalam was one of India’s best technocrats cum a honourable politician also who was so humble that he said he will step back only if he got a full consensus unlike others truely unbelievable.Continue bloggin

    PS i read that hes gonna take up all the space research work at his centre from now..Way to go Prez

    Comment by Bhanukiran — July 26, 2007 @ 3:02 am

  6. Miles to go before someone equals Mr.Kalam……

    Comment by Saikiran — July 26, 2007 @ 3:55 am

  7. “Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work”
    – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

    I’m gonna miss him 😦 .

    Comment by Prateek G V — July 26, 2007 @ 4:51 am

  8. Nothing to be said about Kalam saab which others havent said.. but mussay dat, do read Ignited Minds. Amazing piece of work!

    Comment by Karan — July 26, 2007 @ 6:29 am

  9. i think kalam is going to be visiting faculty of our university.
    Rediff has an article on it…
    u ppl r lky ..

    Comment by kiran — July 26, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

  10. Yeah… He would be a visting prof. here.

    Comment by gaganpreet — July 26, 2007 @ 6:05 pm

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